Several exciting laptops were announced at CES 2023, and we can’t wait to see them all. But these aren’t the only laptops to come that leave us dripping with anticipation. There are also rumors of machines, as well as those we assume will arrive due to typical release cycles or current models that are seriously behind schedule.
Here is a list of the most anticipated laptops of 2023. As mentioned above, some are already confirmed, some are rumored and some are based on our guesses. But each offers something that will make any laptop buyer sit up and take notice.
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
We’ll start with the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i as this display marvel is officially confirmed and on the way. And it’s a stunning laptop, with two 2.8K OLED displays that can be used in multiple ways thanks to an innovative origami stand.
Want to use the Yoga Book 9i as a standard case? You can do this by placing the physical keyboard on the lower screen when folded in half or by using the haptic virtual keyboard displayed on the OLED panel. Want to use it with two screens side by side? You can do it too. And if you’re someone who can benefit from having two vertical screens, that configuration is also available.
It’s a well-configured laptop with 13th Gen Intel Core processors, and it’s surprisingly thin and light for such a complex design. It’s the best dual-screen implementation we’ve seen to date and offers enough utility that it might even be a market hit.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 3D
Asus has a line of laptops aimed at creators, dubbed the ProArt Studiobook 16, and it’s been refreshed for 2023. It has fast processors, though it’s still Intel’s 12th Gen HX-series models. which are fast but slightly behind Intel’s latest 13th. -gen processors. It can support up to 64GB of fast DDR5 RAM, has two SSD slots for up to 8TB of storage, and boasts a thermal design meant to maximize performance.
We don’t know which GPUs the laptop will use, but Asus is referring to the “Next Generation Nvidia GeForce RTX Laptop GPU”. Given the target market for the ProArt Studiobook 16, this likely refers to something like an RTX A6000 (derived from the consumer RTX 3090) optimized for creative and scientific applications.
But the most intriguing thing about this version of the ProArt Studiobook 16 is its 3D OLED display. It’s a 16.0-inch 16:10 3.2K (3200 x 2000) OLED panel running at 120Hz, and it has built-in 3D capabilities as well as eye-tracking functionality. This promises more immersive interaction with creative designs and the ability to change viewpoints just by looking at different areas of the display. According to our hands-on reports, the stereoscopic 3D effect works well and should be a real boon for creators.
Apple MacBook Air 15 inch
This one falls into the “rumor” category, and details are scarce. But there seems to be a 15-inch MacBook on the way that could carry the Air moniker.
Some rumors indicate that the machine could be called the MacBook 15, but it seems that the most important distinction from the MacBook Pro 14 would be a thinner chassis. This would hint at a MacBook Air designation. With a screen size of 15.5 inches, the new machine is rumored to split the difference between the two MacBook Pro models and, if thin enough, could compete with the growing number of Windows laptops with big screens and an incredibly thin and light chassis.
In terms of design, the new machine is expected to feature the same flat design as the rest of the range, thin display bezels to minimize chassis size, the usual Apple Force Touch trackpad taking up most of the space available on the palm rest and a notch for a high resolution webcam.
The biggest question concerns the processor that the new machine will use. The M2 Pro has been rumored, although that would put it in direct competition with MacBook Pro machines. It’s also possible the machine will get the M3 when it becomes available, which would keep it in the same performance envelope as the smaller MacBook Air machines.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 and 16 M2
We don’t know many details about the upcoming releases of Apple’s excellent MacBook Pro models, but there is one thing we know for sure. They will use the updated M2 Pro and Max processors which promise increased performance and efficiency over the current M1 Pro and M1 Max.
So far, it doesn’t look like the new MacBook Pros will offer any significant new design features or improved functionality. And that makes sense, because the latest models were completely new designs and, frankly, there’s not much to improve on.
But for those who need creative performance in portable packages, the M2 Pro and M2 Max promise to give them a lot more of what they crave. And that’s enough to get us excited about their release, every time it happens.
Microsoft Surface Pro 10
So far, we haven’t seen any rumors about the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro. The Surface Pro 9 was recently released and brought significant changes including the merging of Intel and ARM models into a single lineup.
In many ways, the Surface Pro 9 is the best iteration of Microsoft’s detachable tablet to date. It offers great performance and great design, with the best inking you’ll find on a Windows tablet and an ARM 5G-based model that delivers long battery life and always-on internet connection.
But Microsoft releases a new Surface Pro every year, and with the release of version 10, we hope big changes are on the way. But whether it’s a major overhaul or just a few upgrades to things like processors, battery, and screens. Either way, the Surface Pro is one of the best written and most anticipated laptops on the market today, and will always be highly anticipated.
Dell XPS 15 and 17
Existing Dell XPS 15 and 17 laptops are getting a bit long in the tooth. They were introduced in 2022 and use 12th Gen processors, so they’re not that far down the cycle. However, they retain the “old” XPS design that mixes aluminum and carbon or glass fiber, which the new XPS 13 and XPS 13 Plus models dropped last year.
We’re hoping to see the same design elements make their way to larger laptops in the lineup. Make them even sleeker and more modern, and if possible, lean more towards the XPS 13 Plus in terms of specs and functionality.
After all, the XPS 15 and 17 are Dell’s premier thin-and-light laptops for productivity-demanding users and creators and have always had the best performance and features. Incorporating the keyboard design of the XPS 13 Plus would give a truly expansive typing experience, which wouldn’t need to be edge-to-edge, but could provide a better overall typing experience. And a haptic touchpad would be a great addition, especially given the size of the touchpads on the current XPS 15 and 17 models. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if the XPS 15 became the XPS 16, adopting a 16.0-inch 16:10 display that would provide a slightly larger display without adding much to the chassis size.
Either way, things should be interesting
These are just a few expected laptops, and probable designs are coming that we haven’t yet imagined in the evening. If CES 2023 is any indication, then 2023 should be an interesting year for laptops, with improved performance and even more creativity-focused features.
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